from The Forward: JTS Undergoes Another Round of Layoffs The Jewish Theological Seminary of America underwent broad layoffs in late June, despite the chancellor’s earlier indication that no further layoffs would be forthcoming. Just weeks after announcing a new strategic plan that emphasized reducing costs and creating new revenue streams, JTS, Conservative Judaism’s flagship seminary, has terminated 15 administrative employees in an … [Read more...] about New Staff Reductions Hit JTS
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Newly Ordained Find the 2010 Spiritual Job Market a Tough Place To Sell Their Wares by Larry Yudelson Last fall, Rabbi Lennard Thal gave an uncharacteristic warning to senior rabbinical students at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the seminary that trains Reform rabbis: Consider options other than the pulpit for your rabbinic career. Thal heads the Reform movement’s Joint Commission on Rabbinic Placement. His advice … [Read more...] about New Rabbis Face Employment Challenges
by Vicki Boykis Here’s a study Peter Beinart can use in his next article. Pete, call me! I was recently asked by a friend to participate in a study conducted by Ariella Goldfein of JTS on Jewish identity among Jewish women of North America. She writes in the results, Over 400 women participated in the study, which yielded more data than my initial analysis was able to incorporate. My focus for this first analysis was childhood and … [Read more...] about Jewish Identity Among My Generation (of Ladies) in the U.S.
from Tablet Magazine: Teachable Moment Last week, each of the three universities associated with the major American Jewish denominations received an $11 million grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation, a San Francisco-based Jewish philanthropy. ... But the relative ease with which this arrangement was made may less reflect a burst of newfound harmony among disparate monoliths as much as a loss of power experienced by each. During the period … [Read more...] about The Limits of Cross-Denominational Partnership
Goodbye Wissenschaft, Hello Relevance Now and Then by Jonathan D. Sarna The Jewish Theological Seminary’s chancellor, Arnold Eisen, recently unveiled a bold new strategic plan aimed at transforming the school’s curriculum, redefining its purpose and setting forth its future direction. The plan called to mind a story that my late father used to tell about a modest change that he proposed to the JTS curriculum as a young professor there in … [Read more...] about JTS: Now and Then